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Both of them?
I hoped I would get more discussion in this build. Maybe I'm just doing everything perfectly.
Progress has been pretty slow as I wait for these parts. I have more time painting the grille than I'd care to admit. I really thought the junkyard would have had those parts pulled. One thing is holding up another, which is holding up something else, so I'm kinda stuck right now.
I also cut out the high-flow cat that was on the Ram. Plan on reusing it. It has a small body and keeps the o2 sensors happy. I mangled one of the oxygen sensors in the process, so I'll need to replace it.
Here's two things to muse over. Regarding the cooling fan; the mechanical fan contacts the top of the shroud. Eventually, I plan on tucking the t-case up into the tub, which in turn will pitch the front of the engine and the fan down. Maybe that would give me enough room for the mechanical fan? I need to drop the skid plate to get the shifter in, hook up the t-case shifter and tape up the wires. I think I'll push the t-case up and see if it betters my fan clearance.
Also, tucking the t-case will affect the exhaust routing. Not a big deal, but something to think about. Because the exhaust mount attaches to the transmission mount, that mount moves with the height of the drivetrain.
Both of these things make me think I need to fit with the t-case pushed up, or just make a new skid plate where I ultimately want it to be. This of course adds more time, work and expense that I didn't want to mess with at this point in time. I've been trying really hard to stick with the goal of just getting it running.
I think I've settled on a tube fender with no flare. Not sure if I want to highline or not, only because I'm going to have to add bumpstop to keep my control arms out of my motor mounts. There's no point in highlining if I never use that space with uptravel. I need to spend some real time with that and decide on a tire size.